Black Friday Sale
PCBs are 20% off from now through the end of the day Monday, November 28! No coupon is required. The sale excludes bypass PCBs, but the Lab Series L5 Preamp is included!
Three new projects
I have three new projects available now. (Yes, they are included in the sale!)
The Corvus Fuzz is a replica of the 1977 Big Muff Pi redesign that used op-amps instead of bipolar transistors. It was designed by Howard Davis and was available from 1977-1980. It’s been described as having a harder edge, more of a “grinding” sound than the original Big Muff Pi which is smoother. It’s most well-known as the pedal behind the guitar tone on Smashing Pumpkins’ 1993 album Siamese Dream.
The Crescent Distortion is inspired by the MI Audio Crunch Box. The Crunch Box started out as a tweaked Bluesbreaker with some inspiration from the OCD, and quickly gained traction as one of the best high-gain “stack of amps” pedals on the market. While the Crescent Distortion is not a direct clone of the Crunch Box, it is most similar to Version 3, but with an added option for 18V operation using a charge pump as well as an external “Presence” control.
The Fusion Distortion is inspired by the Suhr® Riot Distortion™, which itself started out as a tweaked clone of the MI Audio Crunch Box and has a similar Marshall-like flavor. The Fusion is not a direct clone of either the original Riot or its successor, the Riot Reloaded. It’s most similar to the original version, but with an added option for 18V operation using a charge pump as well as an internal “Presence” control which the original does not have. Aion Electronics has no affiliation with Suhr® or JS Technologies. Riot Distortion™ is a trademark of JS Technologies.
What about the Boss DC-2?
This is still in progress. I have what I think is the finalized PCB design, but it still needs to be thoroughly tested and the documentation needs to be written. In the past three months I’ve moved to a new house and had a baby, so it’s been all I could do just to keep up with orders! I expect the DC-2 project to be released sometime in January or February 2017, once things level out a bit at home.
Speaking of 2017: starting January 1, I’ll be dropping my hours at my day job, taking Fridays off to focus on Aion Electronics. Things have been going very well this past year: I’ve not only been able to release several new and exciting circuits that have been well-received, but I’ve also been contracted to design a series of pedals for a few companies that you have definitely heard of. By taking Fridays off, it will give me the time I need to focus on creating new projects and doing contracted design work.
The DC-2 will be the “flagship” of next year, but I have a lot more projects partially completed that I am excited to finish up. Much less on the distortion/overdrive side of things and more on the modulation. It’s going to be an exciting year!